Lamborghini Urus S debuts with Performante power but cleaner looks


Just make sure you don’t stutter when someone asks what you drive.

Yes, I know, Lamborghini unveiled the Urus Performante just over a month ago, but I guess the buyers were asking for some options. And so, the Urus S is here, offering just as much power as the Performante, but for significantly less money. European prices start at €195,538.

The Urus S doesn’t look as busy as the Urus Performante, so you got that advantage going on if you rather prefer cleaner looks. However, it does get a carbon fibre bonnet with matt black air vents—which can be optionally finished in gloss black or body color. A naked carbon roof is an optional extra. The rear fascia doesn’t look all that different from that of the Performante; there’s a matt black-painted lower part housing a twin-pipe exhaust in brushed steel as standard, but you got matt, gloss black or bright chrome options. The roof wing looks neatly integrated here as opposed to an aftermarket-looking wing in the Performante.

The Urus S rides on 21-inch wheels as standard, while you got 22-inch titanium matt and 23-inch bronze-finish wheels are available in the options list. As for brakes, well, the Urus S borrows ’em from Performante; the carbon ceramic discs measure 440 mm at the front and 370 mm at the rear, gripped by 10-piston and single-piston calipers, respectively. Adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled semi-active dampers is standard, and so are active roll stabilization system and four-wheel steering.

For the interior theme, the Urus S offers two new options: Bi-color Sportivo and Bi-color Sophisticated, both featuring Urus Performante stitching pattern.

But anyway, as mentioned, the 4.0L V8 biturbo offers the same numbers as the Performante: 490 kW (666 metric hp) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft). The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 3.5 seconds while the top speed is 305 km/h (189.5 mph). The slight variation in performance figures is mostly due to the fact that the Urus S weighs 47 kg (104 lbs) more than the Performante (2,197 kg vs 2,150 kg). As for drive modes, you got Strada, Sport, Corsa, Sabbia, Terra, Neve, and of course, the Ego mode. Sabbia, Terra and Neve are for off-roading.

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